Thursday, August 16, 2012
That's All, Folks!
The apostle Paul got rightfully angry with the Galatian Christians who had fallen away from grace, because they were attempting to earn favor with God by their own behavior. But they already had perfect favor! They already had every blessing! Jesus had given it to them—in full. To believe otherwise was to believe a lie and to give themselves to it through their efforts. That’s how people get hurt. Have you noticed?
Believing that we have to tithe, pray, worship, sing, witness, fast, or love in order to gain favor with God is anti-Christ. Doing something apart from Jesus in order to get what He presumably failed to secure is not only worthless, it is against the truth. For the Galatian Christians to add Jewish customs, ceremonies and rule-keeping to a supposed required mix was to put themselves under a curse (Gal 3:10-14), and an insult to Christ. It was shadow living, even though the reality had come (Col 2:16-17).
In Him—which is where we are now—we have all things. That’s the incredible gospel. That’s the stunning New Covenant. And that’s why we’re crazy in love with Jesus.
We have it all. And that’s all, folks.